Another Year Under Them

By Jeremy McDonald

jeremymcdonald73@gmail.com

INDEPENDENCE, Ore.– Central was incredibly young this past Spring on the football field with seven seniors that year and a slew of sophomores and juniors that made up their Varsity roster.

It was a good experience for those making the move up to the Varsity roster as the Panthers lone win of the Spring came way of a 42-0 rout of Crescent Valley the second week of the season.

“It was a good experience getting onto varsity and seeing what speed level it is and how much talent there is around here.  We got to get better and keep working,” said junior Quarterback Chase Nelson.

Nelson, who was one of 18 sophomores on the roster last season, has put in the work this offseason.  Going to camps in Montana, a camp at Eastern Washington, the famed Northwest 9 camp as well as a few smaller camps in order to up his game at quarterback this Fall.

Central graduated seven from their 1-4 season from their sophomore and junior-heavy Spring team (Picture By Jeremy McDonald)

“It has helped me reading a lot because a lot of the coaches explain to me what areas to read and explain what I need to work on and work on when I came back home,” Nelson. 

Saturday morning brought an opportunity to take a step towards progress.  Nelson was slinging the rock, Kirik Kantola saw some reps at Running Back.  The offensive line will be young this year, but the live reps they got with their intrasquad scrimmage going into the jamboree in Dallas this upcoming Friday evening.

“It was good, we haven’t seen too much of it this week since we’re still trying to install everything.  It’s getting us better, we’re looking really good and we’re excited for the jamboree next week,” senior left tackle Brayden Foreman said.  “We got a lot of young guys…we’re just working right now and we’re going to be better at it by the season

Central opens the Fall 2021 season September 3 when they’ll host Redmond before traveling to play McDaniel (formally Madison) September 10 Week 2.

Photos By Jeremy McDonald

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